Dr. Anna HavemannVenue:
HGB, Raum 2.41
As part of the lecture series "Art & Profession" we talk with:
Dr. Anna Havemann, art historian,
Director of the Asyl der Kunst Foundation based in Haus Kunst Mitte, Berlin.and
artistic director of Haus Kunst Mitte - House for contemporary Art in Berlin
vor Ort im Hörsaal und hybrid hier:
Haus Kunst Mitte is an exhibition house for national and international contemporary art in the center of Berlin. It is a house for artists, art lovers, art experts and collectors. A house of encounter and exchange, where experimentation and discussion are allowed.
Haus Kunst Mitte presents outstanding positions, especially by Berlin artists. Here, emphasis is placed on cooperation with the artists. In addition to painting, photography, sculpture and installation, examples of media art will be shown. Four to six monographic or thematic exhibitions are planned per year.
About the history of the house: even after the reunification of Germany, when Heidestraße found itself in the middle of Berlin, the area remained wasteland. Between 2008 and 2012, the art scene conquered the area. Studios sprang up and galleries moved into the Gewerbehöfe and, a little later, into the Halle am Wasser. In the legendary Tape Club, people partied until the wee hours of the morning. For a few years, the scene public moved through the exhibitions of the galleries for openings.
Then the master plan for the most interesting inner city area of Berlin was developed and the construction cranes and investors drove away the artists*. The galleries closed their doors. Almost ten years later, the balance looks sad. None of the originally planned three to four residential studios per construction phase was realized. The Rieckhallen, which house the Flick art collection and stand at the beginning of Heidestraße, are to be demolished and the collector is leaving the city in disappointment.
One art venue has survived the transformation of the wasteland into Europacity, which covers more than 85,000 square meters and is located between Humboldthafen and Nordhafen: the Haus Kunst Mitte. Today it is located in the immediate vicinity of the main train station and right in the political and cultural center of Berlin. Since 2008, the Asylum of Art Foundation - founded by the painter Manfred Bartling and the poet Elisabeth Bartling - has been based in Haus Kunst Mitte. After the death of the founder, Dr. Anna Havemann succeeded him.
What opportunities does a private institution without state funding offer? How many sleepless nights are caused by a large building with a lack of infrastructure, which is to become an art center that also gives visibility to female artists in particular? What potential does the building have? How are strategies developed, what financing possibilities are there, what concepts do women have to develop?
After a short lecture by Dr. Anna Havemann on her work as head of the foundation, the reorientation of the house, the heritage that needs to be managed, upcoming exhibitions and the outlook for the future, we will have time to talk with her about her work, these questions and her relationships between private commitment, the art market and artists.
The event is open to all students and is part of the series Kunst als Beruf - Berufe in der Kunst. (Cornelia Renz, Julia Brodauf) On the coming Wednesday evenings, we will continue to follow the trail in conversations with other players who sometimes even seem like opponents to us artists: Gallery owners, curators, museum directors, journalists, critics, but also political institutions. They all want to exist in this field, earn money with art, and they help shape and define the art field. Let's get to know them!
Cf. course catalog https://www.hgb-leipzig.de/studium/vorlesungsverzeichnis/521